Five security officers, three separatists and a passer-by were killed during the gun battle in the Urus-Martanovskiy district just after 10:00 pm Moscow time (3 p.m. EDT) on Wednesday night, Interfax reported.
"A group of 10 to 15 militants were discovered in a wood on the outskirts of the village of Alkhazurovo... An armed clash took place with law-enforcement officers," a security source was quoted as saying by Interfax.
The local resident was shot dead by escaping separatists when they fired on his car, while two other passengers were injured, agencies reported.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Armed Clashes in Chechnya
Reuters reports on a renewal of fighting in southern Chechnya: